Manchester United remain interested in Ousmane Dembele but could face competition from Arsenal for the player’s services, according to reports.
The France international was considered as a loan signing on deadline day after United failed to land Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, and it’s now reported that their interest has not waned.
Spanish outlet Sport state Dembele has ‘offers on the table’ ahead of the January transfer window and Barcelona could be forced into a difficult decision.
Ansu Fati’s injury will leave him sidelined for four months and, while that could hand Dembele a regular berth on the starting line-up, he is considering his future.
Barcelona’s £117m acquisition sees his contract enter its final 12 months next summer and the Catalan giants will certainly not want to receive nothing in return for their expensive outlay.
As a result, Barcelona may be persuaded into a deal and United are among the clubs said to be in the running, alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal.
With United already having a bloated squad, their focus in January is likely to be on outgoings and spending the sort of sum it would cost to land Dembele is unlikely, with Barcelona not interested in a loan.
Elsewhere, Fichajes state that United have previously made an attempt to sign Real Betis winger Rober Gonzalez, who is currently on loan with Las Palmas.
His spell with second-tier Spanish side has provided him with greater first-team opportunities, where he has caught the eye with his performances.
However, it’s suggested that United’s offer of €20m for the winger has already been rejected by Betis and it is not made clear when that reported approach was made.
United’s hunt for right-sided wingers in the summer was well documented, so links to Gonzalez may make sense if the suggestion is that he was a former option.
Having signed Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo on deadline day, those needs are now not pressing and it’s unlikely any more for Gonzalez will materialise.
Considering the story largely orientates around how Betis will benefit from his spell with Las Palmas, it certainly appears as though this ship has sailed.